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James Norton, Niamh Algar, James McArdle and Jessica Brown Findlay are Playing Nice with ITV


James Norton, Niamh Algar, James McArdle and Jessica Brown Findlay are Playing Nice with ITV

The latest ITV drama to be announced is based on a best-selling novel by British thriller author JP Delaney.

Principal photography for Playing Nice is currently underway in Cornwall with ITV this evening revealing photographs from the shoot.

BAFTA-nominated James Norton, BAFTA-nominated Niamh Algar, Olivier-nominated James McArdle and BIFA-nominated Jessica Brown Findlay all take leading roles in the four-episode series.

ITV’s Head of Drama Polly Hill has commissioned the psychological thriller, Playing Nice which is to be adapted by Malpractice writer Grace Ofori-Attah.

Grace Ofori-Attah: 

“It has been an absolute privilege to adapt JP Delaney’s gripping novel for the screen. I am thrilled to be working with Rabbit Track and STUDIOCANAL, as well as our incredible cast and production team. I’m also excited to be partnering with ITV again on my second drama series, and can’t wait for Playing Nice to hit TV screens next year.”

Malpractice was brought to screens by writer Grace Ofori-Attah earlier this year on ITV1/STV

Set against a sweeping Cornish landscape, two couples discover that their toddlers were switched at birth in a hospital mix-up, and face a horrifying dilemma: do they keep the sons they have raised and loved, or reclaim their biological child?

Living a waking nightmare, Pete (James Norton) and Maddie (Niamh Algar) are jettisoned into the world of the other couple; Miles (James McArdle) and Lucy (Jessica Brown Findlay). At first it seems all four are agreed on a solution, but it soon becomes clear that hidden motives are at play. How far can each couple trust the real parents of their child – or even each other? As Pete and Maddie are stretched to breaking point, they realise they will stop at nothing to keep their family together.

Playing Nice – ITV

ITV Drama Commissioner Helen Perry:

“Playing Nice is an enthralling thriller with a knotty moral dilemma at its heart. Not only will viewers be hooked, they’ll be left questioning ‘what would I do…?’ As Grace Ofori-Attah’s superb script raises questions about the nature of parenting and how far we’ll go for those we love. We’re thrilled to have on board such a stellar cast and crew, and we’re delighted to be working with the team at STUDIOCANAL and Rabbit Track Pictures to bring this fantastic adaption to ITV1 and ITVX.”

Grace Ofori-Attah was selected for the BAFTA Elevate Talent scheme for writers in 2018. She read medicine at Cambridge and Oxford Universities and worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist before switching to Screenwriting. Grace’s debut drama, Malpractice premiered earlier this year on ITV1, STV and ITVX/STV Player.

Playing Nice – ITV

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